Rifle Gap is, well, a gap. Specifically it is a gap in the 90-mile long Grand Hogback which stretches roughly north/south about 50 miles from the Colorado/Utah border. The Grand Hogback is a 9,000-foot range of mountains that is the boundary between the Colorado Plateau to the west--with its flat mesas and canyonlands that stretch halfway across Utah and down to the Grand Canyon in Arizona--and the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the east. One of Rifle Gap's claims to history is the erection of a 1,250-foot-wide orange curtain across the gap by the artist Christo. This curtain only lasted 27 hours before gale-force winds blew it to tatters.
We visited Rifle Falls, which is a very picturesque triple waterfall, and we had a blast at the Rifle annual chili cookoff. We pigged out on chili of all flavors and colors--elk chili, pumpkin chili, green, red and purple chili. We had heartburn for a few days, but it supported the scholarship fund for the Rifle High School kids, so what the hey.
|Rifle Falls also had many limestone caves that were fun to explore
|Sunrise on the Grand Hogback
|Our new trailer at dawn